Yuet Lee [San Francisco]
Had a free lunch today in the city and decided to swing by Yuet Lee. I'd been a long time ago (10+ years) before I really came to enjoy eating, but the decor hasn't changed one bit. I decided to start with the roast squab and then added on the ginger-scallion dungeness crab. The waitress looked at me like I was crazy as a solo diner, but frankly, it wasn't that much food given I didn't eat rice.
The squab was fantastic. Crisp skin. Bones fried to a crisp, i.e. could hold the head like a lollipop (by the beak) and just crunch down on the entire orb. And meat all just the right side of medium rare, with a slightly pink center. I absolutely loved this dish. It was my first time eating squab, as I've always had duck / quail, but this immediately jumps to the top of my edible bird list. Maybe tied with goose...
The dungeness crab? Wow. I've never had live, in-season, locally sourced dungeness. I had no idea what I was missing. The flesh was sweet, tender and so fresh tasting. The ginger scallion was great, but in reality, I probably didn't need it. In all likelihood, I am going to swing by and pick up a steamed (no sauce) crab tomorrow for lunch before I leave the city.
I know Yuet Lee gets great reviews and I am glad I listened. Great meal and a new appreciation for squab and dungeness crab. I see the salt and pepper ribs get top reviews - may have to try that as well.
How much did they charge for the crab? I've noticed them weighing them, so I assume they charge per pound. And did you have it salt & pepper style or just steamed with ginger scallion on the side?
I had the squab there recently and agree that it's excellent. It comes with a golden roasted head on the plate... not sure if you're supposed to eat it, but I found it missing from my box of leftovers!
$29 flat rate. Probably pricey by chinatown standards, but it was a good-sized crab. I had it stir-fried with ginger scallion. Were I to do it again, I'd get it steamed with ginger scallion on the side - I feel like the stir frying overpowered the natural deliciousness of the crab.
Hmm, the head? I ate it, like a lollipop. Maybe wasn't supposed to eat it, but it sure tasted good going down.
Next time try that salt & pepper sparerib (which is pork cutlet). I also love their chow fun; it's a bit different from other chow funs.
the curry beef brisket i had was very rich in curry taste. the beef brisket very tender.
curry not the usual american fare but maybe hong kong or indian origined.